In the early days of One Direction, Zayn Malik was once asked who he’d like to portray him in a theoretical movie about his life – and the person he named in response is now his ex-fiancée Perrie Edwards’ new partner, Luke Pasqualino, in a bizarre coincidence.

Back in 2012, the then-five-piece 1D was asked by Australian pop publication The Hot Hits who should play them if there was ever a film made about them. Malik replied: “I always say the same person, but I always forget his name. He was in the British version of ‘Skins’ – he played Freddie.”

Zayn MalikZayn Malik once said he wanted Perrie Edwards' new boyfriend to play him in a movie

He was referring to 26 year old Pasqualino, who made his TV acting debut back in 2009 as Freddie Mclair in the Channel 4 drama series. Having since appeared in the likes of ‘The Borgias’ and Battlestar Galactica: Blood & Chrome, he recently started dating Little Mix singer Edwards, who broke up with Malik last year having been engaged for several months.

Just FYI: Harry Styles chose Orlando Bloom, Niall Horan chose Tom Felton, Liam Payne chose Taylor Lautner and Louis Tomlinson chose Leonardo DiCaprio.

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Perrie and Luke were spotted in late August going on their first date together, to see ‘Aladdin’ in London’s West End before going to Mayfair club Mahiki.

“It was their first date, but things are going well,” a source later said about their evening out. “They met on a night out and really hit it off, then arranged to meet up - and it seemed like they had lots of fun. Hopefully, it blossoms into something more.”

23 year old Perrie spilled the beans back at V Festival, when she said to Mirror Celebs: “Yeah, it’s going alright, thanks.”

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